FOUR WAFarmers wool section members were among 80 woolgrowers from across Australia who attended the Australian Woolgrower Consultation Day in Sydney yesterday.
To ensure that state interests were represented, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) invited all states to send a number of representatives. Wool section president, Ed Rogister, along with vice presidents, Ken Clark and Ian McDougall, and wool section councillor Lyle Jones represented WAFarmers.
Issues such as the new shearer training and retention program, Wild Dog control programs, Lifetime Ewe Management, Breeding Leadership program and the Wool Fit for a Prince Campaign were discussed at the forum.
Mr Rogister said AWI was in a very healthy position and he believed the directors have done a very good job in managing the company.
“Topics discussed during the consultation day included the WoolPoll, outlooks for global demands and marketing pricing for next 12 months and beyond,” Mr Rogister said.
“Some of the programs were very well presented such as the Wools4Schools program and some of the R&D programs were very positive for growers.”
Mr Rogister was also excited by the China luxury campaign, which will entice female consumers in China to purchase products with Merino grown wool.
“The China luxury program will tap into a market that equates to approximately 43 million people, becoming a lucrative market for Western Australian growers to provide wool for.
Mr Rogister on behalf of the other WAFarmers delegates thanked AWI for the opportunity to participate in the day and looks forward to continuing a close relationship.